Weekly media column version 02.17.12

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Staff photos by Hans Gutknecht
Among the USC students in attendance at Thursday’s Olympics broadcasters panel discussion: Second-team All-Pac-12 center Khaled Holmes (far right, in red with glasses), who received his bachelor’s degree in communication at USC in the spring of 2011 and is working on a master’s degree in communication management. Entering his redshirt senior season, Holmes was named to the conference all-academic team.
Below: USC professor Jeff Fellenzer, left, along with Jim Lampley, Jim Nantz and Al Michaels turn to watch a video of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics where Michaels is calling the final seconds of the U.S. victory over the Soviets in the men’s semifinal hockey tournament, still considered the greatest U.S. sports moment in history.

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What’s include in today’s weekly media column (linked here): A panel discussion at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications & Journalism provides a lesson for Al Michaels, plus more on the Kansas City Royals’ hiring of Rex Hudler and Steve Physioc, the new tweeks to “March Madness On Demand Live” and the “Jaws”-dropping decision by ESPN regarding “Monday Night Football.”

What isn’t included:
== Highlights of IOC president Jacques Rogge visit to USC on Wednesday as part of the three-day examination of the Olympics, as covered by Neon Tommy, the Annenberg Digital News service (linked here) and the Daily Trojans newspaper (linked here)
== How the Annenberg TV Network (ATVN) covered the start of the conference (linked here)
== The MLB Network’s “Baseball IQ” gameshow is down to the final eight contestants — and one is the Angels’ Shane Demmitt, the assistant equipment manager from Northridge, who will go up against Hall of Fame director of communications Craig Mulder on Tuesday (6 p.m.). The two semifinal shows air on Thursday, Feb. 22 (6 and 6:30 p.m.), followed by the championship (7 p.m.)
== ABC has the first broadcast network coverage of the New York Knicks since the Jeremy Lin explosion (Sunday, 10 a.m., New York vs. Dallas). ESPN did the Knicks’ game against the Lakers last Friday night. Interesting, as many New Yorkers can’t follow the Knicks on local TV since the MSG channel has been blacked out in a dispute with Time Warner Cable.

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